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Table 3 Characteristics of depression and co morbid anxiety disorders from the depressed cohort (N = 378)

From: The Netherlands study of depression in older persons (NESDO); a prospective cohort study

Major depression  
   Major depression, current1, n (%) 359 (95.0)
   Mean age of onset (SD) 48.6 (20.3)
   Age of onset in categories (%)  
   - < 40 yrs 30.6
   − 40-60 yrs 34.5
   − ≥ 60 yrs 32.9
   - No answer 1.9
Dysthymia  
   Dysthymia, current1, % 100 (26.5)
   Mean age of onset (SD) 50.7 (19.7)
   Age of onset in categories, %  
   − < 40 yrs 29.3
   − 40-60 yrs 29.3
   − ≥ 60 yrs 41.4
   - No answer 1.0
Minor depression (current), % 21 (5.6)
Severity depressive symptoms  
   Mean IDS score2 (SD) 30.14 (13.0)
   IDS2 categories  
   - mild 37.5
   - moderate 35.4
   - severe/very severe 27.1
First episode, % 33.1
Comorbid anxiety disorders 1  
   Any anxiety disorder, n (%) 155 (41.0)
   Social Phobia, n (%) 74 (19.6)
   Panic disorder, without agoraphobia, n (%) 29 (7.7)
   Agoraphobia, n (%) 41 (10.8)
   Generalized Anxiety Disorder, n (%) 40 (10.6)
  1. 1 Current: disorder in the past 6 months
  2. 2 Assessed with Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (IDS)